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12/19/09

My Secret Santa Recipient

Back in this post, I teased you with pictures of the gorgeous ocean-colored and silver beads that I received from Artbeads.com to play with, as they are featuring glass and silver for the month of December. 

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Beads pictured:  5x4mm Deep Ocean Mix Picasso Roundelles, 5x4mm Antique Denim Picasso Roundelles, Elegant Loops Clasp Set, 3mm Bright Sterling Silver Roundel Beads, Czech Fire Polished Bead - Montana Blue (6mm), Fire Polished Bermuda Blue 1/2 Metallic Coated (8mm), Fire Polished Full Coat Lumi Green (8mm)

I decided to incorporate them into the necklace design for my Secret Santa recipient, Riki Schumacher of Riki Jewelry.  On the questionnaire I sent out to all the participants, I asked them some questions about things they like, colors they wear and what makes them smile.  Riki answered that she loves the ocean, bees, and wearing blues and aquas, which worked beautifully with the products I had received from Artbeads.

Here are some pictures of the finished piece I sent to Riki:

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To create an asymmetrical effect, I added beautiful large labradorite rectangle beads wire-wrapped using copper wire to soldered and hammered copper hoops on one side.  The size of the labradorite beads adds visual weight, allowing the strand to appear balanced with the opposite strands of the necklace.
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The other side of the piece is made from two strands of copper wire-wrapped links made from the Czech fire-polished and picasso glass beads and the sterling spacers that I received from Artbeads.

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The clasp is hand-made from  14 gauge copper wire, and both sides of the necklace have groupings of tiny glass flower dangles randomly attached to different links.

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The focal is made from some of my etched and antiqued copper sheet with a handmade copper bezel soldered to it.  I placed an antiqued silver bee charm in the center of the bezel and filled it with ICE resin.  The focal is finished with another grouping of small flower charms.

Overall I love the how design of this piece came out, and I might have to make a similar one for myself!

I highly recommend visiting Artbeads.com and checking out their unbelievable assortment of glass, silver and Swarovski crystal beads.  While you are there, poke around in their copper section – I just know you’ll find something special!

To entice you even more, here's a coupon code for 10% off your next Artbeads purchase of $50 or more:

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Necessary Legal Stuff: I have received the following products free of charge from Artbeads and I am honestly reviewing them. I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received: 5x4mm Deep Ocean Mix Picasso Roundelles, 5x4mm Antique Denim Picasso Roundelles, Elegant Loops Clasp Set, 3mm Bright Sterling Silver Roundel Beads, Czech Fire Polished Bead - Montana Blue (6mm), Fire Polished Bermuda Blue 1/2 Metallic Coated (8mm), Fire Polished Full Coat Lumi Green (8mm)
Fanciful Expressions said...

Molly, the necklace that you made for Riki is so beautiful. I really like the way the pendant came out using the little bee and the Ice Resin.
Besides being great fun this swap included such wonderful artists and fabulous pieces.

Sophia said...

Molly, you did a FANtastic job on that necklace. I'm quite impressed.

Dale said...

This is so very beautiful molly! I just love the assymetrical nature of the double strand beads versus the open, large rocked side. It really looks fantastic.

Cindy said...

Molly, your attention to every little detail is evident in the beautiful necklace. I've admired all of the components, from the copper rings to the balance of the asymmetrical design. The handmade bezel/focal is great! I just know Riki will treasure it!

Riki Schumacher said...

Thanks again Molly, it is just a beautiful necklace, and you put so much thought and effort into making a wonderful piece of artwork I will treasure. I love it! Merry Christmas, and thanks again for setting up the exchange, it was fun. Riki

sundownbeaddesigns said...

I love this necklace...the pendant is so beautiful. I'd love to try this technique sometime. Riki must be so happy to receive this lovely gift!

Anonymous said...

I came across your website thru Artbeads on Facebook....wow! beautiful words and beautiful jewelry and art....what a treat! :)